Message for 75th Diamond Jubilee Anniversary of MRTV sent by State Administration Council Chairman Senior General Min Aung Hlaing

February 15

TODAY is the 75th Diamond Jubilee Anniversary of Myanma Radio and Television which started broadcasting as Burma Broadcasting Service (BBS) on 15 February 1946. If we think of the life expectancy, the 75 years old one is rich in experiences and knowledge such as hardships, challenges and development after passing many decades.

Together with the motto “To inform, to educate and to entertain the public,” MRTV which provides access to information, knowledge and news for the national, ethnic people living in the country and other Myanmar nationals residing in foreign countries, will always be in the heart of the Myanmar people in addition to others around the world.

Although the Myanma Broadcasting Service was first piloted in 1936-1937, it was not an independent national broadcasting service. In March 1945, Myanma Revolutionary Tatmadaw Boradcasting was established and introduced as an independent national broadcasting service.

The MRTV has been using modern techniques by overcoming the various challenges through generations to be on par with the world countries, with innovative ideas and creation for the public.

The name of Rangoon Radio was changed into Burma Broadcasting Service (BBS) on 15 February 1946 and it has been operating new programmes for the public since then.

Burma Broadcasting Service was transferred to Pyay road as “Myanma Athan”. It was then renamed as Myanma Athan under the Revolutionary Council Government and Burma Socialist Programme Party. The name was changed into the Information and Broadcasting Department in 1972, Myanma Television and Radio Department (MTRD) under the Tatmadaw Government in 1991 and Myanma Radio and Television (MRTV) in 1997, respectively.

During this special occasion of 75th anniversary of MRTV, the commemorative programmes for diamond jubilee were broadcast as the achievements of MRTV. On the 75th anniversary of MRTV, MRTV Radio arranged to broadcast a new “Myanmar Radio” FM Channel in the English language initially for Yangon, Mandalay and Nay Pyi Taw. It will also broadcast news section in English on MRTV TV channel.

During the State Administration Council takeover, MRTV has been conducting the programmes for the public with added momentum according to its aims and objectives. Similarly, the Information and Public Relations Department, the Printing and Publishing Department, the News and Periodicals Enterprise and MRTV have also successfully been serving the duties of public relations, information and media.

From the 75th Diamond Jubilee Anniversary, may MRTV be a fourth pillar that is reliable for the country and credible for the people.

Senior General Min Aung Hlaing

State Administration Council Chairman

and Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services